Five lifestyle changes to enhance your mood and mental health

When someone is diagnosed with a mental health disorder such as depression or anxiety, first line treatments usually include psychological therapies and medication. What’s not always discussed are the changeable lifestyle factors that influence our mental health. Even those who … Read More

4 Conflict Resolution Skills

Conflict triggers strong emotions and can lead to hurt feelings, disappointment, and discomfort. When handled in an unhealthy manner, it can cause irreparable rifts, resentments, and breakups. But when conflict is resolved in a healthy way, it increases our understanding … Read More

Your ROAD-MAP to Strengths Use

When you are exploring your character strengths or attempting to help someone connect more with their own, it is useful to have some guideposts. In other words, everyone needs a “road map” at one point or another, and the phrase “road map” … Read More

3 Steps to Take If Your Work Isn’t Aligned with Your Purpose

Somewhere in midlife (and often before that), people begin to question some of the important aspects of their lives. Some question their romantic relationships. Some realize the importance of looking after their health and vitality. But for the most part, … Read More

5 Mindfulness Exercises to Reconnect with Intimacy

Get ready to get close. All relationships go through their ups and downs, and sustaining the initial feelings of happiness you experienced as you were first falling in love isn’t easy for most of us. That said, there are certainly … Read More

Reversing the Downward Spiral: Tapping into the Power of Positivity

I find it fascinating to watch an object rolling down a hill, gaining momentum exponentially. Having never taken a physics class, I can’t tell you anything about the mathematical formula behind that, but it is a phenomenon that I have … Read More

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8 Ways to Stay Motivated to Follow Through on Your Goals

You may have started setting your goals (congrats!)—and perhaps you’ve even begun the journey. But now, somewhere between the alluring summit and your current progress, you’re experiencing zigzags and hurdles that you never predicted. Your motivation begins to dwindle. Your dreams seem … Read More

5 Hacks to Create Powerful Habits

So much of our lives are lived on autopilot. We eat, sleep, go to work, attend to house chores, try to fit in some fun or self-care, or simply wind down in front of the television. Then we begin the … Read More

How to Open Yourself Up to the Moment

Susan, a meditation student, wrote me this: “When I’m feeling disconnected or lonely or anxious, I do my best to remember to pay attention to details. While paying attention does have a calming effect, I realize that paying attention—exquisite, extraordinary attention—is … Read More

5 Situations in Your Life Where You Can be More Present

It’s not easy being present. Our brains, unlike other animal brains, are made for extensive time travel. We can mentally replay the past so well that we smile with joy, or, as is more often the case, drive ourselves insane … Read More